BACHELORETTE Katie Thurston finally met the eligible bachelors trying to win her heart this season.
As she met the men one-by-one, they used various props and pranks to snag her attention.
One man jumped out of a ball pit in the bed of a truck. Another was in a giant box. Another pulled his (hopefully clean) underwear out of his pants as a prank.
Katie ultimately sent seven men home on night one.
After the rose ceremony, she said: “I don’t have a top 2 right now. I have a top 22. There’s so many good guys in that room…that have long-term potential.”
In true Bachelor Nation fashion, this season features plenty of passionate make-out sessions and of course lots of explosive drama.
Katie became a fan favorite on the show after greeting Matt with a vibrator during her limo entrance during his season.
In spite of their connection, Matt ended up choosing Rachael Kirkconnell. They’ve had a rocky relationship since The Bachelor finale, however the two appear to be back together and stronger than ever.
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WHO IS MIKE THE VIRGIN?
According to his contestant bio, Mike has always “been a one-woman type of guy,” but due to his career in the MLB, dating was “never really a priority in his life.”
However, he has retired from being a full-time athlete and now runs a gym for high schoolers which gives him “more time to focus on love.”
Fans were outraged by the move, with one writing: ”Another virgin? Nah, he needs to go. We can’t go through that journey again.”
“Also at this point is “Virgin” just a buzzword to get casted??” Someone asked.
A third tweeted: “The whole “let’s cast a virgin” bit is getting old”
BACHELORETTE FANS ARE MAD THAT THEY CAST ‘ANOTHER VIRGIN’
Bachelorette fans slammed the show for casting “ANOTHER virgin” after Colton Underwood as Katie Thurston is “so sex-positive.”
The 30-year-old has been praised for being so open about her sex life so fans bashed producers for choosing Michael Planeta, who admitted on tonight’s season premiere that he’s saving himself for marriage.
The 31-year-old San Diego native introduced himself in a pre-recorded package before meeting Katie with the sole emphasis being his virginity.
“Most girls, when they look at me, think I have a huge ego and I’m a player. But that’s not the case.
“I’m actually a virgin. I am saving myself for marriage,” Mike revealed.
WHO WAS SENT HOME ON NIGHT ONE?
After the rose ceremony, seven men went home.
- Jeff, 31, a surgical skin salesman from Jersey City, New Jersey
- Marty, 25, a dancer from Reno, Nevada
- Brandon, 26, an auto parts manager from Queens, New York
- Austin, 25, a real estate investor from Mission Viejo, California
- Gabriel, 35, an entrepreneur from Charlotte, North Carolina
- Landon, 25, a basketball coach from Dallas
- Marcus, 30, a real estate broker from Portland
SEVEN MEN ARE SENT HOME AFTER THE ROSE CEREMONY
Of the 30 men in the season premiere, seven did not get a rose and were sent home.
Cody received the final rose of the evening.
“Gentlemen, you all survived the first night!” Katie congratulated the remaining 27 men.
“I don’t have a top 2 right now. I have a top 22,” she said after the ceremony. “There’s so many good guys in that room…that have long-term potential.”
ROSE CEREMONY KICKS OFF
Katie kicked off the rose ceremony by telling the men she is serious about looking for an engagement.
“This is hard,” Katie said. “So when I offer you a rose, I hope you understand the weight that carries.”
KATIE GIVES THE FIRST IMPRESSION ROSE TO GREG
“I appreciate you opening up,” she said. “I know you’re nervous, but I do feel like there’s something there.”
Greg was obviously on cloud nine.
“I really truly feel like there’s a connection,” Greg said before accepting the rose.
KATIE PLAYS PIANO WITH ‘CAT MAN’
Cat man – aka Connor B. – played piano with Katie before they shared a passionate kiss.
As they kissed, his cat makeup smeared onto her nose.
“I’m flying high,” he said afterwards.
THE ‘GUY FROM THE BOX’ MAKES AN IMPRESSION
James – the man from the box – gave Katie butterflies.
“He’s super hot,” Katie said.
“I have a feeling we’re going to get along just fine,” James told her.
“Something intrigues me,” she said later. “We kept making eye contact. I think we were talking without talking.”
KATIE SAYS SHE’S NOT ‘FEELING THE VIBES’ WITH ONE MAN
One man who showed up in his RV didn’t impress Katie.
He brought her into his RV to snack on a veggie platter. He tried to clean the space up as he went, but Katie thought it was messy.
“I wasn’t feeling the vibes,” she said.
KATIE HITS IT OFF WITH TRE
Katie had a great time with Tre in the ball pit he set up in his truck. She said he’s fun and easygoing.
“These aren’t just boyfriends I’m trying to date. I’m looking for a lifelong partner,” Katie said.
KATIE PLAYS A GAME OF HOCKEY WITH THE MEN
After the initial round of chats, Katie and the men played hockey.
KATIE SAYS THE MEN ARE NERVOUS
Katie said she “thinks the men are more nervous” than she is.
While she spoke to Greg, she stopped to reassure him and ask whether he was nervous.
KATIE GETS CHARMED BY THE MEN
One guy, Thomas, told Katie that he’s so glad she is who she is.
“I can tell he’s a great guy, and I’m impressed,” Katie said.
LOTS OF PRANKS AND SEXUAL PUNS
One guy pulled his (hopefully clean) underwear out of his pants. Another gave her a stuffed fish. One showed up dressed as a cat – tail and all.
There were also lots of sexual puns.
One man said he experienced a lot of stress during Covid, and he had to “stroke” it out. Then he pulled out his paint brush.
KATIE IS ALL SMILES AS SHE MEETS THE MEN
Katie joked that all the guys are “tens.”
KATIE SAYS SHE WOULD ‘ABSOLUTELY KISS A GUY’ TONIGHT
“I will absolutely kiss a guy night one,” Katie admitted to Tayshia and Kaitlyn.
The pair of Bachelorette alumni walked Katie to the driveway where she met the men.
“Let the journey begin,” they said in unison.
TAYSHIA AND KAITLYN SURPRISE KATIE AS SHE WAITS FOR THE MEN
“We’ve been in Katie’s shoes,” Kaitlyn said after they snuck up behind her as she waited for the men.
The pair offered Katie advice and gems of wisdom from their time on the show.
“Don’t rule any of them out night one,” Kaitlyn advised.
KATIE’S FRIENDS AND CO-HOSTS SHOW UP
Former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are ready to help Katie through the process.
KATIE INTRODUCED AS ‘SEX-POSITIVE’
Katie may very well be one of the most sex-positive bachelorettes we’ve ever seen.
The season premiere’s introduction showed a montage of men talking about why they’re excited to see Katie.
“You won’t need this,” one guy says, holding a vibrator.
LET THE ‘D-R-A-M-A’ BEGIN!
The season premiere of Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette starts right now. The show airs at 8pm EST/7pm CST on ABC.
KATIE DOUBLES DOWN ON HER EXPECTATIONS FOR THE MEN
In a trailer, Katie is seen telling the men to leave if they are “not here for an engagement.”
“If you are not here for the right reasons, there’s the door,” she says.
TRUCKS AND VANS GALORE
Another man appears to make his entrance in an RV.
THE MEN PULL OUT ALL THE STUNTS FOR THEIR ENTRANCES
One man enters in a red pickup truck with fireworks.
30 SUITORS COMPETE FOR KATIE ON THE SEASON PREMIERE
“How do you get the new Bachelorette Katie Thurston’s attention? Thirty men are about to find out whether or not they have the correct answer,” ABC teased.
A trailer for Monday’s premiere shows the men entering the season with plenty of props and tricks up their sleeves.
“Katie is ready to meet her men; with 30 lucky potential suitors pulling out all the stops, props and moves in hopes of catching her eye before the first rose ceremony,” the site says.
FORMER BACHELORETTES RETURN TO GUIDE KATIE’S SEASON
ABC announced that Bachelorette alums Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams would be joining Katie’s season as friends and mentors.
Kaitlyn headlined season 11 of the Bachelorette, while Tayshia was on season 16.
“With the help of former Bachelorettes and mentors Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams by her side, Katie is ready to meet her men,” ABC’s site says.